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Day 1 Fireball World Championship – Thailand
Event media,
Day 1 of the worlds saw perfect conditions for the Fireball Worlds, with 12-16 knots and beautiful warm water. Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff lead after two races were completed on day one. Australia's Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirehead are in second place and Dave Wade and Ben McGrane third... [more]

British team dominating at Princesa Sofiie event
Event media,
Spanish sailors have taken the lead in four classes, while the British team is dominating three classes at the 39th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE. Nick Dempsey leads the boards - Ben Ainslie the Finns and Paul Goodison is leading the 107 Lasers with two second places in the qualifying races... [more]

Steyeart of France takes lead at Radial Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sarah Steyaert of France has taken the overall lead at the 2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championship being sailed off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, Auckland. Britain's Lizzie Vickers is in eighth and Penny Clark is ninth overall. Just one race was sailed yesterday with three races in total now on the board... [more]

Images - final race of the 18ft Skiff season
Frank Quealey,
Images from the the final race of the 2007-2008 18ft Skiff season, sailed on Sydney Harbour last weekend.... [more]

Interview with Antoine Albeau at 49.09 knots
Markus Schwendtner,
Double world champion in 2006, triple world champion in 2007, Antoine Albeau wrote himself into the history books on March 5th 2008 by setting a new world record for sail speed. With his 49.09 knots... [more]

Seadi wins 2008 Cabo Verde PWA event
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Kauli Seadi kicks-off the season with a critical victory over local favorite Josh Angulo and wavesailing legend Jason Polakow.... [more]

Finland leads Laser Radial Womens Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Finland's Sari Multala leads the 2008 Laser Radial Worlds after the first day of racing. Second is Belgian Evi Van Acker with Australian Sarah Blanck third. Charlotte Dobson and Lizzie Vickers are the best placed of the Brits, in sixth and tenth places overall... [more]

Spithill's clean sweep
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's Katie Spithill and her crew have showed ominous form early in the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta, finishing day one undefeated after seven flights.... [more]

Olympic selections for Europeans at Palma
Corinne McKenzie,
The start of the European sailing season is the opportunity for many nations to start their Olympic selections. A lot is at stake and the pressure is on in Mallorca for the 39th Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE! While some are fine tuning their equipment for the big event in August, some are passing the final hurdle to the 2008 Olympic regatta!... [more]

Laser Radial Womens Worlds - Race 2 to France and
Rob Kothe,
Wind moderating on Hauraki Gulf for the second race in the 2008 World Laser Radial Womens Championship. At start time the wind was still south west but now only at 15 knots.... [more]

2008 Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Day 8
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
It's all down to the wire on Sal, with just Last-Chance Sunday left to complete the Double Elimination.... [more]

Mathieu Richard claims win in 2008 MIMR
Sophie Claudon,
The sixth edition of the Marseille International Match Race drew to a close today. And in the end Mathieu Richard, the World Number One, was the winner of the 2008 MIMR.... [more]

Sarah Blanck wins first race - Laser Radial Worlds
Rob Kothe & Richard Gladwell,
South westerly 20 knots on the Hauraki Gulf. Both fleets are away at last. In the yellow fleet, Australia's Sarah Blank, fourth ranking in the world led the fleet at the top mark ahead of the USA's Paige Railey, Charlotte Dobson (GBR) with Sophie de Turckheim fourth, the pre-regatta favourite Sari Multala (FIN) was sixth with Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) eighth.... [more]

Ben Ainslie leads British sailors at Palma test
Triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie will be back on the racecourse for the first time since clinching his historic fifth Finn world title in Melbourne in January. The triple Olympic medallist heads the group of five British Finn sailors in the fleet of 47 at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Majorca (16-21 March)... [more]

Brits Olympic hopes on the line in New Zealand
Brit girls looking for Beijing boost as Laser Radial Worlds get underway Britain's top Laser Radial sailors have their next chance to prove to selectors they are worthy of Team GB's one Olympic Radial berth when the 2008 World Laser Radial Women's Championships get underway in New Zealand Saturday... [more]

Images from Takapuna: Day 1 Womens Laser Radials
Richard Gladwell,
Images from Day 1 of the Womens Laser Radial World Championship, Takapuna... [more]

Two French skippers into the semis - MIMR
Sophie Claudon,
The wind came back around 1 o'clock and with between 10 and 15 knots the competition could start again. Great conditions for match racing. Five flights were on the programme today.... [more]

Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE starts Sunday
Event media,
In the 39th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, races will start on Sunday 16 March for Olympic classes. Qualifying and final rounds have been scheduled with the Medal race to be sailed on Friday 21. This race scores double, cannot be discarded and is reserved to the top ten classified teams. The Dragon class will start sailing on Monday 17 to complete ten races throughout the week.... [more]

Fedor Konyukhov moving north - Antarctica Cup Race
Bob Williams,
Fedor Konyukhov is now moving northwards after rounding Cape Horn on Wednesday. The 56 year old sailor, crossed through the Shackleton Gate – Gate 9 within the Antarctic Racetrack and is now being routed by American weather guru Lee Bruce just above the Antarctic Convergence zone and the sectors of the Racetrack that have either been 'Closed' or are have a 'Yellow Flag' alert due to icebergs.... [more]

Clipper fleet heads for Hawaii
Clipper event media,
The Clipper fleet continues on towards Hawaii. Durban 2010 and Beyond, who have been dismasted and are motoring to Hawaii, are being shadowed by several of the other teams, including Uniquely Singapore who rendezvoused with the South African team this morning.... [more]

Womens Laser Radial Worlds becalmed on Day 1
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The strong south easterly winds forecast for day one of the 2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championship didn't show and the 116 boat fleet were today becalmed off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, Auckland.... [more]

Surprising defeats Marseille Int'l Match Racing
Sophie Claudon,
Marseille International Match Racing - Jure Orel, Sébastien Destremau, Bertrand Pacé and Damien Iehl are the four skippers to leave the tournament after the round robin.... [more]

2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championships
Olivia Powrie,
Racing for the 2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championships will start on Saturday March 15th off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, Auckland... [more]

Laser Radial World's Practice Race a blow-out
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The Hauraki Gulf played host today to around 50 sailors for an attempted practice race ahead of tomorrow's start to the 2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championship. 116 are expected on the water for the first race of the series which is scheduled to start off Takapuna, North Shore City, Auckland at 11am tomorrow.... [more]

No breeze for Day 6 - Cabo Verde PWA World Cup
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Blue skies and tropical breeze mean another great day in Cabo Verde, but the lack of surf keeps the competition on hold for now. There are still 3 days left in the holding period, and forecasts indicate the weekend could see just enough wind and surf to complete the double elimination... [more]

UK-Halsey Sailmakers post new online Rule Quiz
Adam Loory, UK-Halsey Sailmakers,
UK-Halsey Sailmakers has just posted the 24th animated rules quiz to its web site. This series of animated, online quizzes has been acclaimed as the easiest way to learn the rules of sail boat racing. The newest quiz involves a port/starboard situation after rounding a windward mark.... [more]

Nick Craig and Fiona Clark win GUL RS400 Winters
RS media,
Nick Craig and Fiona Clark won the RS400 Gul Winter championships at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club over the weekend. The 2008 season kicked into life at a blustery championship, with 26 competitors lining up for the Gul Winter championships.... [more]

Sail-World making upgrades
Our apologies for being offline for part of yesterday and part of today, Thursday, Sail-World has been upgrading and installing new servers. And, like a lot of things involving IT - things sometimes don't go quite as planned... [more]

Jonny Malbon airlifted by Royal Navy
Camilla Green,
Jonny Malbon the Artemis Ocean Racing skipper, incorporated a routine Royal Navy exercise over Portland Harbour, Weymouth (Dorset) as part of Malbon's preparations for his inaugural solo race in May in the Artemis Transat. The 33 year old, one of the rising stars of British sailing was winched from a life raft into a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton... [more]

46th Hamble Warming Pan at Hamble River SC
Barney Smith/HRSC,
Fiftyfive dinghies took part in the 46th annual Hamble Warming Pan hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club over the weekend of 8 & 9 March. The event was blessed with decent winds throughout including a challenging 20 knots plus for the two opening races on Saturday. Although the bright sunshine of 2007 was missing the competitors enjoyed four superb races up and down the Hamble River... [more]

Schooling/Hirst win GUL RS800 Winter Championships
RS media,
Ben Schooling and Tim Hirst clinched their first RS800 event win by a point from Olive and Crabb with Barton and Allen third. An impressive 39 boats turned out with many new faces in the fleet showing great promise for a Garda year. The long awaited first event of the 2008 season was hosted by Chew Valley Sailing Club on 7/8 March with the forecast promising some fresh south-westerly breeze.... [more]

Clipper Race Halted - Second boat dismasted
Clipper media /,
The Qingdao to Hawaii leg of the Clipper Race ahs been stopped after a second boat was dismasted. Durban 2010 and Beyond was dismasted 780 miles from the finish line in Honolulu, Hawaii. There are no injuries onboard.'s suffered a rig failure on Wednesday 5 March and has been continuing under a jury rig.... [more]

ValenciaSailing: Cammas training with BMW Oracle,
The Spanish website! have confirmed ealier news mentioned in Sail-World that the skipper of Groupama 3, Franck Cammas (FRA) and crew are training with BMW Oracle Racing:... [more]

Couch wins DSC Phantom Open
Sunday started the Phantom Open season, along with the first round of the Tempera-tech Ltd sponsored Eastern Series. After the excessive wind on Saturday's training day, we were lucky to have almost perfect weather on the Sunday morning. With 22 boats rigging for what promised to be a great day. After a briefing at 10:30, we were set for a prompt 11:00 start.... [more]

Fedor Konyukhov plays Russian Roulette - Cape Horn
Robert Williams,
Day 46 of the inaugural Antarctica Cup: Position: 56,12.33S 67,13.11W Speed: 12 knots, Course: 89° Cape Horn certainly lived up to its reputation today as Russian adventure sailor Fedor Konyukhov swept through Drake's Passage, pushed by 50-65 knot westerly winds.... [more]

Grand Prix Petit Navire 2008
Translated from French/,
Twenty minis, a dozen 40 feet and 60 feet yachts, and the IMOCA class will gather in Douarnenez for the Grand Prix Petit Navire 2008 in April.... [more]

Team Russia reveals true colours
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Russian entry has finally revealed its true colours with the unveiling of a new identity and a new look for the 2008-09 race.... [more]

The top seeds win it all MIMR - Match Racing
Agence Com'elles – Sophie Claudon,
The first day of racing went ahead today in Marseille. The sailing conditions faced by the teams were very difficult in spite of the everpresent sunshine, 25 knots and heavy seas. We reached the limits in terms of possible weather.'... [more]

Yachting Australia seeks reconsideration for 2012
Phil Jones, Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia have released the submission sent to the International sailing Federation (ISAF) supporting the re-opening of the November 2007 decision on the Events chosen for the 2012 Olympic Games. The announcement by Yachting Australia follows a similar course to that adopted by the Royal Yachting Association.... [more]

Waiting for the wind - Cabo Verde PWA World Cup
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Scouts were left in key positions, and several checks made throughout the day, but the forecast for small waves and light wind stayed true. The forecast shows positive signs for more wind and surf at the weekend when the final 8 competitors will slug it out for the event title.... [more]

Broaches and a gybe for Durban 2010 Clipper
Clipper event media,
The race viewer shows the majority of the fleet has chosen to stay north of the Hawaiian island chain and are currently located just north of Midway Island. However, Liverpool 08 has chosen a southern course and may still be joined on this side of the chain by Nova Scotia.... [more]

No wind or surf - Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Day 4
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Early checks around the island's breaks bore no fruit, and the organizers kept the final 8 competitors on-hold throughout the day. The forecast for tomorrow is marginal, but the chances of a big swell at the end of the week are good.... [more]

Wade and McGrane Lead Fireballs - For now
Chris Payne,
Dave Wade and Ben McGrane have now taken over the lead from Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff on total points after two more races at the Fireball International Pre-Worlds. But if drops were included then Mee and Wagstaff would be back in front... [more]

Houston gets nod for Women's Keelboat Championship
Key Partners (KPMS),
Organizers of US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - the first world sailing competition created for women - have announced the dates for the next running of this biennial event. Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas will once again host the regatta, scheduled for October 14-17, 2009... [more]

2008 Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Day 3
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
The final 8 players are carved-out as the double elimination goes critical. Trialist Kai Katchadourian (Quatro / Simmer), a regular Cabo Verde visitor, showed his knowledge of the islands breaks today. The American survived a tough encounter against Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne), John Skye (F2 / Naish) and Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) before getting on a roll to reach the top 8.... [more]

Magpie swoops to win the VIC Etchells title
Teri Dodds,
Graeme Taylor's Magpie has taken out the Etchells title on the final day of racing, in a mixed bag of sailing conditions. After the race an elated Graeme Taylor was happy with his Championship win, only having purchased Magpie last year. His crew of Grant Wharington (owner of 98ft Skandia Wild Thing) and Peter (Billy) Merrington have many years of sailing experience together on Skandia.... [more]

Moths beat the Gale at Hayling Island Open,
The 5th Anniversary Opening Handicap Race at Hayling Island SC attracted 22 hardy sailors on Sunday 9 March. First prize of Dinner for two and a bottle of wine, over night accommodation and breakfast at the club went to Mike Lennon sailing a Foiler Moth... [more]

Sea conditions force cautious approach
Clipper event media,
Durban 2010 and Beyond, continuing her move south, has almost rejoined the fleet in the same patch of water and it will be interesting to watch where her tactical move north finally places her. The wind is due to come around to the north by Tuesday and by the afternoon the fleet will be packing away spinnakers and experiencing headwinds, and mostly light headwinds at that, all the way to Oahu.... [more]

48 Nations: 39 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Media,
At less than two weeks from its beginning, the 39 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE confirms itself as one of the most international editions in the history of this Majorcan Olympic classes regatta. Up to 48 nations will be represented in the bay of Palma from 15 to 21 March with all the attention of the sailing world on the event in this Olympic year.... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff lead Fireball Pre-Worlds
Chris payne,
The Fireball fleet, in Thailand for their World Championships, limbered up with the first two races of a Pre-Worlds regatta. After much preparation and hard work finally the first day of racing came with the 70 boats taking to the water in a beautiful 12 knots, ideal conditions for the Fireball class. The racing was intense - 4 general recalls before the fleet started cleanly under a black flag... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series is Ready
Flavia Bateson,
A lull before the storm on Sunday 9 March enabled the 50-strong race management team for the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series to hold a rehearsal for the big event. All systems afloat and ashore were checked, ready for the first race next Sunday 16 March - Even a week before the first race, over 190 skippers have entered - Last minute entries are welcome and these can be made on-line... [more]

Groundhog Day close to Cape Horn
Robert Williams,
'When I go through my Log book it looks as if I am lost in time. The cold, rain, grey sky and pale ocean is continuous. Even my Latitude position stays the same. It has been 56° South for weeks. Every new day looks the same as the last.. Every day, the boat is on starboard tack. The are no ships and no birds – I have not even seen an albatross for a week. '- Fedor Konyukhov... [more]

OK's Dominate the Frensham Frenzy
Terry Curtis,
OK sailors took the top three places at this years Frensham Frenzy Pursuit race hosted by Frensham Pond Sailing Club on March 9th. Terry Curtis won both races to win the Guildford Marine sponsored event in ideal conditions. Keith Videlo brought his solo in second in the first race, followed by the OK's of Mike Edwards & Dan Ager... [more]

Volvo announce telecoms partners for 2008-09 race
FleetBroadband has been chosen to provide essential voice and data connectivity for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 - Inmarsat returns again to the event as official satellite communications provider - Stratos Global is official sponsor of mobile satellite services and Thrane & Thrane is official sponsor of satellite and radio communications equipment... [more]

The Jory is In
U.I.M. Powerboat P1 Powerboat P1 Press Office,
Shelley Jory, from Southampton, England, will become the first woman to compete in the Evolution class of Powerboat P1 when she joins forces with the American powerboat team, Lucas Oil, to compete in the 2008 Powerboat P1 World Championship.... [more]

Seadi displays his skill at Cabo Verde PWA Day 2
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Kauli Seadi makes a perfect start to the season with a crucial single elimination victory over Cabo Verdian favorite Josh Angulo, Jason Polakow and Robby Swift. The 25-yr old Brazilian thundered into the event lead with a skilled display in tricky, light wind conditions.... [more]

32 Nations sign-up for 2008 Star Worlds
Connie Bischoff,
With just five days to go, registration for the 2008 Star Worlds has reached a record-breaking 32 nations. Hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, the Star Worlds will make its debut in Miami for the first time. Many of the teams heading for this Star Class regatta on Biscayne Bay will be representing their respective countries in the Summer Olympics.... [more]

Aussies vs Europe - Harken Women's International
Lisa Ratcliff,
With the results from the New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship decided yesterday, the competition will now shift across the Tasman Sea to Sydney. Three Australian teams will be fighting for national pride, with two of the three also duelling for the one remaining place for the upcoming world championship, when they take on the match racing might of the Europeans.... [more]

Groupama 3 loaded for trip to France
Martin Balch, Sail-World and Groupama 3,
The broken remains of the Jules Verne Trimaran Groupama 3 were loaded aboard the ship Egelantiersgracht at Dunedin's Victoria Wharf this morning. The ship leaves to carry the boat back to France for rebuilding at 1400 this afternoon.... [more]

Damien Iehl wins RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing
Damien Iehl ensured it was a glorious double for France as he followed in the wake of compatriot Claire Leroy to claim 2008 RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series Grand Final glory. Iehl clinched his second Winter Challenge title in three years in clinical fashion outwitting up-and-coming Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky 2-0 in the Grand Final at Queen Mary Sailing Club... [more]

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